This Day in History: Jefferson and Adams renew their long-lost friendship

On this day in 1813, Abigail Adams sends a note to Thomas Jefferson. She had been upset and hadn’t communicated with him in years! Her husband, too, had only just begun writing to Jefferson after more than a decade of silence. It had taken Abigail longer to relent. “Abigail’s voice, as always,” historian Joseph Ellis […]

This Day in History: A Signer of the Constitution is impeached!

On this day in 1797, Tennessee senator William Blount is impeached by the House of Representatives. But Blount was one of the signers of the Constitution! How could matters have degenerated so badly? Presumably, it all began because of his obsession with land. During his time in North Carolina after the war, he had pushed […]